A massive Solar flare (photon burst) left the Sun this week and a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME: loads of plasma!) was released. The flare hit Earth 8.5min later, but the CME arrives tomorrow and will make spectacular auroras around the world! (green line= aurora visible on horizon) pic.twitter.com/S47Iw47aPf
— Dr. James O'Donoghue (@physicsJ) October 29, 2021
A spectacular aurora, also known as the northern lights, could be visible in some northern states this weekend as a “strong” geomagnetic storm is forecast for Earth.
The storm is due to a significant solar flare and coronal mass ejection from the sun that occurred around 11:35 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 28, scientists from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center announced on Friday.
The Space Weather Prediction Center notified power grid operators, satellite operators, airlines and other customers about potential impacts of a geomagnetic storm. “Geomagnetic storms on Earth can affect electrical grids, GPS navigation systems and radio and satellite telecommunications,” the Center said.